Conrad Marca-RelliThe Architecture of Action
Born from Italian parents in Boston, Corrado di Marcarelli moved to New York in the late 1920’s and from an early age was involved in the New York art scene. Marca-Relli studied at Cooper Union for a year, before working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), where he was awarded the Logan Medal of the arts. More
Ronchini Gallery London, in collaboration with Archivio Marca-Relli, Parma, will present Conrad Marca-Relli: The Architecture of Action, the artist’s first UK solo exhibition. Curated by Kenneth Baker and David Anfam, from 10 October to 24 November 2012, the retrospective will feature a selection of works spanning the pioneering American Abstract Expressionist’s impressive 60 year career.
This exhibition, some 45 years after his first retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1967, brings together a selection of works spanning his expansive career, allowing the viewer to chart the evolution of this remarkable artist. Marca-Relli’s works explore various media, with materials ranging from vinyl plastics and cut-out aluminium to various fabrics and patterns provided by newsprint. Over the years these works developed an abstract simplicity, evidenced by black or sombre colours and rectangular shapes isolated on neutral backgrounds. Sometimes entire series consisted only of muted earth tones, while others included splashes of colour, or explorations of various palettes.
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The Architecture of Action
210 x 210mm, 56 pages, Hardcover (2012)View